Mongolia and Ireland's unique wedding ring traditions



Aug 19 2016     By Asha Parvathy


Wedding rings are an important part of the marital life. The Roman people even believed that a vein in the ring finger on the left-hand runs directly to the heart and that is how people started to wear the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left-hand.

 

But there are certain cultures where wedding rings are nothing like the rest of the world. One such nation is Mongolia and the other is Ireland.

 

The traditional wedding ring of the Mongolian people consists of two crowns that intersect with one another. For the people of the 'Land of the Eternal Blue Sky,' these crowns represent the intersection of the souls of the bride and groom.

 

While the men's ring has round crowns called toono, the woman's ring will have diamond shaped crowns. The circle represents the roof of the house that will act as a protection to the woman in his life while the diamonds represents the woman's role in supporting the family forever.

 

The part where these crowns intersect represents the fusion of the bride and groom's souls and after the wedding, they will be together forever and will go through all the good and bad things in the life together.

 

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In Mongolia, the wife would wear her wedding ring on her left-hand ring finger and the husband wears it on the right-hand ring finger.

 

For the Mongolian people wearing the ring on the left-hand means the wife will always carry her husband in her heart and the man wearing it on his right-hand means he will strongly carry the responsibilities of their life together.

 

Irish people also have unique wedding ring culture like the Mongolians. There are two unique styles of rings called Claddaghs and Celtic knots. These rings are made with elaborate designs such as the knots and braids.

 

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The Claddagh rings consist of two hands that clasp a heart and top of this heart will be a crown. According to tradition, the hands represent friendship, the heart stands for love and the crown is the symbol of loyalty. The ring is said to be originated in the Irish village named Claddagh in the 17th century. 

 

 Both men and women wear the Claddagh wedding ring. Nowadays, the heart design of the ring is replaced by a huge diamonds.

                                                 

The other unique wedding ring in Ireland is the Celtic knots. The Celtic knots are available in two patterns - simple looping designs and complex braided knots.

 

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The simple looping ring is called the trinity knot. It is a simple pattern that has got three points and forms a triangular shape in the middle of the design. These points represent earth, air, water, life, death, and rebirth.

 

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While the braided knot rings have complex designs that run all around the ring. This ring represents infinity as each strand of the design runs all around the ring it is impossible to find the end point of these strands.

 







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